Round 12: Michael Braverman vs. Christian Calcano
Michael is the last undefeated player in the tournament and faces off against Christian on U/B Control. Can Mono-Red Aggro keep Michael’s hot streak alive or will Christian even off the field?
Michael dashes in a Goblin Heelcutter.
Knowing what he was up against, Christian was happy to win the die roll.
“We needed that one,” Christian said as they shuffled up.
Both players kept their openers and Christian opened up with a Dismal Backwater, going up to 21 while Michael led with a Foundry Street Denizen. Christian passed after playing an Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Michael went for an Eidolon of the Great Revel, prompting Christian to play Anticipate in response. Michael got in for two and passed. Christian went back to 20 with another Dismal Backwater and shipped the turn.
Michael played Hordeling Outburst and attacked for six and passed. Christian went to 12 at the end step to play another Anticipate, untapped, played a Temple of Deceit, and passed. Michael dashed a Goblin Heelcutter that got countered by a Disdainful Stroke, which pinged Christian for two, then attacked Christian down to 4. Christian looked at his next card and grabbed his sideboard.
Michael 1, Christian 0
Christian makes the Lightning Berserk pay the Ultimate Price.
Christian led with a Temple of Deceit and Michael again had Foundry Street Denizen on the first turn. Michael went for a Dragon Fodder to attack for three, but Christian killed the Denizen with an Ultimate Price. Christian played land-go, prompting Michael to dash a Lightning Berserker. Michael attacked with the team and after one pump, Michael passed priority and lost his Berserker to another Ultimate Price.
Christian passed after playing an Island and Michael attacked for two and played a Hordeling Outburst. Christian was content playing another Temple and shipped the turn, but he did have a Bile Blight for the Goblins, but Michael intervened and used a Stoke the Flames on his targeted Goblin. Christian untapped and slammed Silumgar, the Drifting Death.
Michael played an Outpost Siege on Dragons, attacked with his team and dropped Christian to 8 after losing a token. Christian wiped the tokens with an attack from his dragon and played a Prognostic Sphinx after combat. Michael dashed a Heelcutter and dropped Christian to 2. Christian fell to 1 as the Heelcutter left the battlefield.
“That’s a real card,” Christian said as he untapped.
Christian drew his card but didn’t bother attacking after realizing another dash would finish him off.
Michael 2, Christian 0